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Pakistan ready for military operation if talks with Taleban fail

Published on Mar 7, 2014 7:45 PM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan's defence minister said on Friday the government was committed to bringing peace through dialogue with the Taleban but warned a military operation could be launched if talks failed.

The government announced on Thursday it was setting up a new committee to hold direct talks with the Taleban in a bid to accelerate the peace process.

Dialogue aimed at ending the Islamists' seven-year insurgency, which has claimed thousands of lives, resumed on Wednesday following a two-week suspension after militants killed 23 kidnapped soldiers.

Continued militant violence, including a gun and suicide attack on an Islamabad court complex that killed 11 on Monday, has threatened to derail the process.

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